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A history of smashers
Fletchling, Fletchinder, & Talonflame
Fletchling is based on two closely related birds: the Japanese Robin (Erithacus akahige) and the Ryukyu Robin (Erithacus komadori), both of which are also known by the name komadori. This is even more obvious when you consider the fact that Fletchling’s species name is the “Tiny Robin Pokemon”.
At level 17, Fletchling evolves into Fletchinder. Upon evolving the Pokemon grows in size, but that’s not all. Although it retains much of the coloration inspired by the Ryukyu and Japanese Robins, its body appears to be based more upon birds of prey, such as falcons, kites, goshawks, and eagles. Consider Fletchinder’s speed as detailed in the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y:
"The hotter the flame sac on its belly, the faster it can fly, but it takes some time to get the fire going.”
With this emphasis on speed, it is even more likely that the basis for this Pokemon is the Peregrine Falcon, which is the fastest member of the animal kingdom, reaching over 200mph in a high speed dive.
The final evolution of this line, Talonflame, is a larger, faster, and more powerful Pokemon than its previous stages. Here is the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y:
"When attacking prey, it can reach speeds of up to 310 mph. It finishes its prey off with a colossal kick."
Even more emphasis is placed on Talonflame’s speed, which makes it pretty clear that the Peregrine Falcon is a huge source of inspiration for this mighty bird. Talonflame even gains some features that make it look more like the falcon. Talonflame now has red bands speckled across its underside, much like the dark brown, or black, bands on the Peregrine Falcon.
Another interesting note is the flame markings on the body of Talonflame, which can also been seen emerging on Fletchling and Fletchinder. These markings look like flame decals that are found on some cars and motorcycles. These designs can symbolize fire (both Fletchinder and Talonflame are Fire/Flying type) as well as speed.
Another very possible piece of inspiration for all three Pokemon are arrows and their fletching. A fletching is what stabilizes an arrow during flight, and is often made from feathers. If you look at the design and shape of the tail-feathers of these three Pokemon, you will see that that may have been inspired by the fletching on arrows. This would also fit well with the heavy theme of speed.
Finally getting back into making some Pokemon Origins posts! I plan to start on some Kalos Pokemon! Would anyone be interested in supporting me on Patreon to put out a steady stream of these? Among other things.
UHH. WHO FUCKIN’ LIKES THE OLD MARIO GAMES?
This may very well be the greatest cover bar none in the history of the comic book medium.
Super Mario 3D World - Double Cherry Pass
(original MIDI by Jonas Evant)
Ahead of the Game Boy’s 25th birthday (it debuted in Japan on April 21, 1989), USgamers Jeremy Parish published a magnificent retrospective on the handheld. It’s a great tribute to the underpowered portable and its father Gunpei Yokoi, and I’m not just saying that because JC and I contributed a handful of words to the piece! Go read it here.
The complete Steven Universe + Pokemon set! I’m selling these prints at Fluke!